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The Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry is presented to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to materials chemistry while working in Canada.

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Muralee MurugesuThe 2022 winner of the Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry is:

Muralee Murugesu, MCIC
University of Ottawa
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Dr. Muralee Murugesu is a Full Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada. After earning his Ph.D. at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, Dr. Murugesu carried out his postdoctoral research at the University of Florida, USA and University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Dr. Murugesu is a world-renowned expert in material science, specializing in magnetic, luminescent, high-energy, and nanoporous materials. His pioneering work focuses on using a bottom-up approach to create tailor-made materials from small molecular building blocks, enabling the tunability of properties. He has published 193 articles in top chemistry and physics journals with over 12,000 citations and an h-index of 53. Since becoming a professor, he has supervised over 110 highly qualified personnel, many of whom have gone on to occupy prominent positions.

Dr. Murugesu’s work has been recognized by several prestigious awards and honours including the STREM Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry, the Early Researcher Award, and the Young Researcher of the Year Award. Dr. Murugesu has also been elected member of the Royal Society of Canada’s prestigious “College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists” and appointed as a University Research Chair in Nanotechnology. Global accolades include being awarded Distinguished Visiting Professorships in Japan (JSPS), Argentina (MINCyT), France (AMADEus), and Brazil (UNICAMP).

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Past Winners


Venkataraman Thangadurai, MCIC

University of Calgary
Society: CSC

Curtis P. Berlinguette

The University of British Columbia
Society: CSC

Tomislav Friščić

McGill University
Society: CSC

Xueliang (Andy) Sun

Western University
Society: CSC

Jonathan Veinot

University of Alberta
Society: CSC

Mark MacLachlan

University of British Columbia
Society: CSC

Dmitrii F. Perepichka

McGill University
Society: CSC

Federico Rosei

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
Society: CSC

Alex Adronov

McMaster University
Society: CSC